Impossible challenge, unlikely team, and a small-yet-mighty machine: Year 1
Of everything that has happened since Kickstarter, I am most proud of this:
We made CNC less intimidating.
I don’t have official numbers, but I guarantee we have more women... Read more
Where Are They Now? Othermill Edition
Hi there, backers!
It’s been a long time, so in honor of Kickstarter’s new Spotlight pages (here's ours!), I thought I’d drop you a line and let you know what... Read more
One More Thing: Othermill Experience Survey
It's been almost two months since our final Othermills were delivered, so we wanted to take this opportunity to ask for your feedback. We're dying to know how... Read more
Signing off and going out with a bang...and new work to show you!
This will be our last Kickstarter update for the Othermill. It has been an incredible experience, and we cannot thank you each of you enough for supporting us... Read more
A Final Shipping Update and World Maker Faire New York
Well, I’ll just cut to the chase. As of today, the very last Othermills have left the factory and are on our way to Kickstarter backers!
Our team... Read more
183 Othermills, 1 Software Release, and 3 Great Videos
We are getting extremely close to fulfilling all of our Kickstarter rewards. Today, we are at 183 Othermills. So if you haven’t gotten yours, it will arrive soon.... Read more
This update will be short, but we wanted to share some good news. Since our last update, we have shipped out 44 more Othermills, bringing our total today... Read more
Getting Started Videos, White House Maker Faire, and New Instructables!
First things first: as of today, we’ve shipped 118 Othermills. Although production is still not going at the rate we’d like it to, our factory partner just hired... Read more
Two-sided Boards in Otherplan, Factory Update, and Eagle Tutorial
If we haven’t had the pleasure of connecting yet, my name is Ezra Spier, and I head up the Other Machine Co. Community Team. I’ve been the person... Read more
81 Machines & Otherplan Duet
Just a quick update this week, since I'd like to do a longer one in the next few days when we officially release the next version of Otherplan.... Read more
Even tinier machines, Maker Faire, and some stats
As of today there are 66 Othermills out in the world. We are still working with our factory to accelerate production. This week, another person will be added... Read more
Lightning and Lessons in Dual Source Manufacturing
To date, we have shipped 57 Othermills to backers. When we first started factory production, we were able to assemble about 5 machines per week. Since... Read more
Machines & Things
It's time for another update! Now that there are machines out in the world, we're starting to see all the cool stuff people are building with them. Nothing... Read more
Shipping Update and PCB Trace Precision
First, a factory update. Although we’ve made good progress building production processes and quality control with our factory partners, we have not yet hit our target production numbers.... Read more
Software Update, Shipping Statuses, Store Launch, and More Projects
Since our update last week, we have released a new version of Otherplan (0.12) which addresses a few significant bugs that were uncovered with auto-updating of the firmware.... Read more
More Pick-ups and Projects
It is amazing to have machines out in the world. The boxes keep arriving and leaving, and people are excited to use their machines for circuits and all sorts of... Read more
First week of shipping + Software download
Okay, a lot happened this week. Since machines started leaving the building, we worked hard to get a support and ‘getting started’ website up. You can now download the... Read more
Hi Kickstarter Supporters,
We are so excited. Machines start shipping on Friday, February 14th!Our last estimate turned out to be correct, and so the first batch will be released... Read more
Promising The Moon
With only four weeks left until our target ship date, it's time for another update! Two weeks ago we launched our beta for Otherplan. Our beta-testers have been... Read more
Setting Shipping Dates
We have seen enough great progress on software from our team and hardware from our new contract manufacturer that we are now confident about setting a date. If... Read more
Contract Manufacturing and Tech Support System
Greetings and Happy New Year,
First off, we definitely should have sent out an update before the holidays. We took some staggered vacations at the end of December, which were... Read more
Motor testing and bug fixing
The Other Machine Co. is a whirlwind of activity these days. We are preparing to begin final production and getting ready for the last few weeks of quality... Read more
Motors are in the building
Our first batch of z-axis motors came in on Friday! This was the final piece of hardware we were waiting for to finish our production machines. We installed the motors... Read more
Production, materials, and research. A full week.
Good evening backers,
Other Machine Co. is gearing up for production while we wait for our last batch of motors to come in. Our industrial machine tools are in their... Read more
Good Evening Backers,
Last week we received a note from one of our backers asking for an update on where the machines stand, as we said they would be shipping... Read more
Othermill Goes on the Road
Good Evening Backers,
Other Machine Company is a whirlwind of activity these days. We've got lots of good news and progress to report. Road trips, machine testing and fun awards! ... Read more
Last week we made a video showing you how to make a board on the Othermill from start to finish. This week I want to share a video of Sam... Read more
Othercam Software Demo!
Hi Backers! Good morning.
Quite a bit has happened since our last update. Packaging design is coming along, tech support is being worked out, etc. I'll just give you the... Read more
Circuits, beta tests, and new faces
Last week we all came back from Labor Day jazzed and ready to get back to testing. Testing is the name of the game these days. There are a few... Read more
It has been beautiful in San Francisco this week. We left the doors open and kept testing our machines in the sunshine.
Last week, most of our testing involved secondary... Read more
New spindle design, packaging testing and fun projects
The shop is buzzing, literally, We've been running Othermills all week to find the best speeds and feeds for each material and bit combination. The fun side effect of this... Read more
Othermill testing, rewards, and a new name
There's lots of news to report from our shop. Machines are being built and tested, software is percolating along and some rewards are being sent out.
Right now... Read more
Software team expands
We've found a software engineer! With your support, we blew our $250k stretch goal out of the water. That meant we could go hunting for someone to help Mike and... Read more
Othermill Speeds, Feeds, and Tool Selection
Many of you have asked for general information on speeds, feeds, and tool selection for the Othermill. This update is about general milling principles and comes from our Mechanical Engineer,... Read more
More Than Just A Model!
Greetings Othermill Community!
It's been a long and very very busy month for us here at Otherfab. We know you all are probably wondering what we've been up to, and... Read more
Our "Thank you" Page
We have created a page on our website that includes the "names" of all of our supporters. I put "names" in quotes because we just wrote down whatever... Read more
Production Line Set Up
Because of your support, whether at the $5 level or the $1,399 level, we are setting up our very first production line. These mills will be our calling card out... Read more
For those of you who came by during Makerfaire last weekend, you may have seen Forrest at the back of the booth intently working on motion planning. Motion planning is... Read more
Maker Faire and New Machines!
Hello Kickstarter Friends,
We are just starting to catch our breath after Maker Faire in California. It was a blast. We got to meet real customers in the flesh for... Read more
We're going to Maker Faire
Maker Faire, here we come!
Come find us at Maker Faire and check out our little machine. Maker Faire is a huge and amazing congregation of folks who like to... Read more
First, thank you. We really can't say it enough.
This post is a thank you for helping us to achieve our first stretch goal of $100,000. We said by raising... Read more
Electronics Kits for Everyone
Things here at Otherfab are going splendidly. Thank you so much for being a part of our quest! We have gotten a great deal positive and curious feedback... Read more
Mini-mills and Metal
We've gotten a lot of questions about milling metals and how our machine works with them. We thought the easiest way might be to show you.
We cut the... Read more
To all our wonderful supporters:
Seriously. Wow. THANK YOU.
Thank you so much for all your support. We've blown past our goal in under 24 hours. It makes us so... Read more